Monica (Angel Locsin) breaks down upon realizing that her husband is having an affair with her best friend. ABS-CBN/Video grab
MANILA - "The Legal Wife" dominated trends on Twitter locally and worldwide on Wednesday, as its titular character played by Angel Locsin broke down in tears over the realization that her husband is cheating on her with her best friend.
In the April 23 episode of the primetime series, Monica (Locsin) comes across a necklace on the beach, which she recognizes as the item bought by Adrian (Jericho Rosales) but never turned up as a gift for either her, his mother, or sister.
The suspicious Monica comes to the conclusion that Adrian's mistress must be at the same resort where they are staging a bikini competition for a client.
In an attempt to identify the owner of the necklace, Monica asks all those present at the pageant rehearsals if any of them lost the jewelry, only to be shocked when Nicole (Maja Salvador) comes forward to claim it.
Faced with the realization that Nicole may be her husband's mistress, Monica remembers details of her best friend's past interactions with Adrian, which on hindsight appear to have clued her in on the affair.
Monica calls a client about a gift it recently sent to Nicole, in the hope of hearing that it was the company that sent her the necklace. She breaks down in tears when she gets confirmation that the client sent Nicole an electronic tablet, and not the necklace.
Later in the episode, Monica finally catches Adrian and Nicole holding hands.
As the scenes aired on Wednesday night, "The Legal Wife" easily zoomed up as the most talked about topic on Twitter. At one point, the episode's official hashtag, "#TLWTheTrueLies," was the No. 1 trend both in the Philippines and worldwide at the same time.
"The Legal Wife," which is under the direction of Rory Quintos and Dado Lumibao, airs weeknights after "Ikaw Lamang" during ABS-CBN's primetime block.
It also stars Christopher de Leon, Rio Locsin, Mark Gil, Maria Isabel Lopez, JC de Vera, Joem Bascon, Ahron Villena, Janus del Prado, and Matet de Leon.